Are you looking for a new way to make your pizza without a tomato-based sauce? If so, here’s a recipe for pizza bianca that you’ll love! There are many ways to prepare a white pizza and I make sure to give you lots of tips and ideas to help you out.
Plus, this recipe is not only easy and bursting with Italian flavors, but you can also save time by using store-bought pizza crusts like we often do! I tell you all about it below.
What is Bianca Pizza?
A bianca pizza is also known as a white pizza. Bianca literally means white in Italian. It’s simply a pizza that doesn’t use a red tomato sauce. The white can refer to a white sauce such as an alfredo sauce, or it can refer to the color of the cheeses.
Either way, it’s a bianca pizza because it has no red pizza sauce.
Bianca Pizza Summary
My pizza bianca recipe uses a combination of four Italian white cheeses (you can also just use what you have on hand), garlic infused olive oil, dried herbs and some creative toppings.
There are lots of variations to this recipe, so use what you have. Use my recipe as a starting place and follow it exactly or get creative and make it your own!
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Exact quantities are given in the recipe card at the end of this post. Here are the ingredients I use in my white pizza.
Pizza dough. You can choose to make your own dough by following my instructions here. Or you can keep things even simpler by using a good quality premade pizza crust from the store. I buy mine from Thrive Market.
Olive Oil. Use extra-virgin olive oil for the best flavor.
Fresh Garlic. I recommend using a fresh garlic clove, not garlic powder.
Ricotta. You’ll want whole milk ricotta for a creamier texture.
Fresh mozzarella pearls (small balls). You can also use shredded mozzarella.
Grated Romano cheese. You can also use Parmesan cheese if that’s what you have.
Dried oregano. You can use fresh if you have that too.
Dried parsley. Same as oregano in that you can use fresh chopped parsley as well.
Step by Step Instructions
The full pizza recipe with specific measurements is in the recipe card at the end of this post. However, here are the steps you’ll want to follow for making this particular bianca pizza.
1- First, take your pizza and place it on a pizza pan. If using your own dough, pour ½ a tablespoon of olive oil on the pan and rub it around. Then stretch out the dough so it covers the whole pan.
2-Mince the garlic using a garlic press and mix with the olive oil in a small bowl. The olive oil will take on the flavor of the fresh garlic.
3-Spread the olive oil and garlic all over the pizza dough.
4- In a medium bowl, combine the ricotta and the Romano cheese along with the oregano and parsley. Mix it until they are well incorporated. You can do this using a spoon or spatula.
5- Spread the cheese and herb mixture over the entire pizza, leaving about an inch or so for the crust.
6- Take the provolone cheese and sprinkle it over the pizza.
7- Do the same with the mozzarella balls. Mine were a bit bigger than I wanted so I cut them in half. You don’t have to do this. Place them strategically around the pizza. I like to think of the pizza like a clock – where each hour or two is a slice.
Then you just fill it with the rest. If using shredded mozzarella then simply sprinkle it evenly over the top of the pizza.
8- Bake the pizza in the oven according to the package instructions. For mine, it was 400F for 13-15 minutes.
PRO TIP: If using homemade dough, you may need to adjust the temperature and time based on how thick the pizza is. If it’s a thick dough, then lower the temperature to 350F and cook for at least 20 minutes – but don’t add the mozzarella until about 8 minutes before removing it from the oven. Otherwise it may burn.
9- About 3 minutes before taking the pizza out, add the spinach, arugula, and roasted red pepper toppings. See my section on toppings below.
PRO TIP: A general rule of thumb is that any fresh greens (such as spinach and arugula) should be added right before removing from the oven. They can easily overcook. You can also top the pizza immediately after taking out of the oven. The heat will allow them to wilt just enough.
About the Pizza Toppings
Do you have to use toppings on a white pizza? The answer is no, you don’t. My recipe uses toppings, but you can keep yours with just the cheese.
In my recipe, I divided the pizza into 4 sections, one for each topping, leaving one section blank. This gives everyone at the table something a little different to try. You can choose to do the entire pizza with just one of these toppings or none at all.
Here are some additional toppings you can use.
- Sliced tomatoes
- Red onion
- White onion
- Red pepper flakes
- Artichoke hearts
- Frozen spinach (drained first)
- Shredded chicken
- Precooked sausage bits
Personally, I like my pizzas simple, but the sky is the limit!
About the Pizza Dough
I’ve made pizzas with my own easy homemade Italian pizza dough recipe, and I’ve made them with premade crusts from the store.
I find that premade crusts are more dense so they don’t get soggy from all the cheeses. I actually prefer store bought dough or crusts for this type of pizza.
If you prefer to buy fresh pizza dough, then check out the freezer section at your grocery store and look where they keep the frozen breads and pie crusts. You’ll find them there if they have any.
What about a White Sauce
I think that you can certainly use a white sauce like an alfredo. I’d buy a jar instead of making my own personally. Be careful for the flavor though – it may conflict with those already in this recipe. So although I don’t recommend it, I always encourage people to experiment and try new things.
Let me know in the comments below if you do!
Types of Cheeses for a White Pizza
Okay, so what types of cheeses are best for a pizza bianca? Easy answer: white ones.
You can use a mix of cheeses or just one. I do recommend to use at least some ricotta. It’s very easy to spread on the pizza and makes a great base. Whether you use it alone or mix it with herbs and other cheeses is up to you.
How to Store the Pizza
This pizza makes great leftovers if you happen to actually have any left. Just store it in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the fridge. You can also use plastic ziploc bags as well. You can also freeze them for up to a month. Reheat in the oven or toaster oven.
What Else to Serve with this Recipe
Whether you’re making this pizza for lunch or pizza night, here are some ideas for quick Italian side dishes.
If you’re a fan of garlic, serve your pizza with some homemade Italian garlic bread. Well, semi-homemade because you buy the bread but you season it!
That’s right – just a simple Italian green salad goes amazing with the bold flavors of a bianca pizza.
Since you’re not using a tomato sauce, why not have a tomato salad, like my healthy caprese salad?
Other Pizza Recipes
If you like pizza, try these recipes too!
I make this simple Romano cheese pizza using my homemade pizza dough. It’s easy and uses simple ingredients most of us always have on hand.
Ricotta and spinach pizza is another version of a white pizza. It just uses ricotta and spinach for the entire cheese mixture. Delicious!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this recipe and better understand what a pizza bianca is and how to make it. If you have your own version of a pizza recipe, let me know below!
- 1 pizza crust
- 1 1/2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 minced garlic clove
- 1/2 cup ricotta whole cheese
- 1/2 cup grated Romano cheese or Parmesan
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 Tbsp dried parsley
- 1/4 cup shredded Provolone cheese
- 1/4 cup mozzarella pearls about 20 small balls
- arugula leaves
- spinach leaves
- roasted red pepper (from a jar)
- Preheat oven to 400F or according to your package instructions.
- Place your pizza in your pizza pan. If using your own dough, pour ½ a Tablespoon of olive oil on the pan and rub it around. Then stretch out the dough so it covers the whole pan.1 pizza crust
- Mince the garlic and mix with the olive oil in a small bowl.1 1/2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, 1 minced garlic clove
- Spread the mixture over the top of the pizza
- Combine the ricotta and Romano cheese with the parsley and oregano. Mix well in a medium bowl.1/2 cup ricotta whole cheese, 1/2 cup grated Romano cheese, 1 tsp dried oregano, 1 Tbsp dried parsley
- Spread the cheese mixture over the pizza to create a base. Leave it about an inch from the edge.
- Sprinkle the provolone over the top of the pizza.1/4 cup shredded Provolone cheese
- Place the mozzarella balls evenly around the pizza.1/4 cup mozzarella pearls
- Bake in the preheated oven at 400F for 13-15 minutes. Follow the instructions for your pizza dough if bought from the store. If using homemade dough, cook at 350F for 20 minutes but don't add the mozzarella until 10 minutes before it is done cooking. Be careful not to burn the cheese. You can also precook your pizza dough if needed to ensure it gets fully cooked without overcooking the cheese. Just keep an eye on it. A lower temp will help not burn the cheese if you are unsure.
- Add the toppings in quadrants on the pizza, or mix them all together. Bake for 2-3 minutes. Get creative and have fun with it!arugula leaves, spinach leaves, roasted red pepper
- A white pizza simply doesn’t use a red sauce. So feel free to create your own version using whatever toppings you want. Use my recipe as a guide!
- Whole ricotta cheese is best for a pizza topping due to its creaminess.
- Adjust cooking times accordingly. Factors such as thickness and amount of toppings and cheeses all impact how long to cook it and at what temperature.
- Mozzarella will overcook, so if cooking for a long time, add the balls towards the end until they are melted.
- Fresh toppings such as arugula and spinach or basil leaves should only be added a few minutes before taking out of the oven. You can also just add them when you take them out and let them wilt down naturally. I like mine as fresh as possible.